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Medicare ACOs loath to assume risky contracts given short deadline to decide

Medicare ACOs loath to assume risky contracts given short deadline to decide

By Maria Castellucci  |  February 02, 2019

About one-third of Medicare ACOs have until Feb. 19 to decide if they want to renew their Medicare Shared Savings Program contract in light of changes made to the program. The ACOs say that's not a lot of time to figure out if they should assume more risk.

ACOs ask for more time before taking on more risk

ACOs ask for more time before taking on more risk

By Robert King  |  January 11, 2019

The CMS is giving new accountable care organizations one month to apply to a new program forcing them to take on more risk. But the providers say that deadline is far too short.

CMS grants ACOs easier access to SNF waivers

CMS grants ACOs easier access to SNF waivers

By Harris Meyer  |  January 08, 2019

The CMS will give Medicare ACOs that take financial risk expanded access to waivers of the three-day inpatient stay rule for coverage of skilled-nursing facility care.

Most NextGen ACOs won bonuses for Medicare cost savings in 2017

Most NextGen ACOs won bonuses for Medicare cost savings in 2017

By Harris Meyer  |  December 21, 2018

Medicare Next Generation accountable care organizations produced $129 million in savings for the CMS in 2017 while earning an average of $3.3 million each in bonuses for beating cost targets and meeting quality benchmarks.

ACOs to stay in shared-savings program despite downside risk

ACOs to stay in shared-savings program despite downside risk

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 17, 2018

Nearly half of accountable care organizations surveyed said they now intend to stay in the Medicare Shared Savings Program even though they could be facing downside risk soon, a change of heart from previous surveys.

Next Gen ACOs form coalition to push for model changes

Next Gen ACOs form coalition to push for model changes

By Maria Castellucci  |  September 20, 2018

Twenty-nine Next Generation ACOs have formed a coalition to advocate for changes to that CMS model, which they argue deters long-term financial sustainability in the program.

CMS underestimated Medicare ACOs' savings

CMS underestimated Medicare ACOs' savings

By Maria Castellucci  |  September 11, 2018

The Medicare Shared Savings Program generated $1.84 billion in savings over three years, which is nearly twice the savings CMS data show, according to a new study commissioned by the National Association of ACOs.

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